Tool I Use & Recommend
Running a successful business online requires effort and dedication. But it also requires some great tools to make your life easier. So with that said I've decided to share some of my favorites that I use regularly. Even if you don't run a business online as I do. Some of these tools can be used for everyday purposes or for a job.
Many of them are free but some cost a bit of money. But in my experience they often pay for themselves many times over. Either way you have options. Enjoy.
I've used this to build FREE wordpress websites in a matter of minutes.
I use this tool to do keyword research. It helps me determine what people are searching for in Google & how easy it is for my website to rank or show up in Google. They offer a free and paid version. If you're writing articles for yourself or others you need this in your life. If you want to optimize your website so it gets more free traffic from Google, you need this as well.
This is the community and training website I've been part of since 2007 which has helped me learned damn near everything I know about making REAL money online with a business. They offer a free starter membership and a premium membership for those that need more help and training. This has been my top recommendation for many years for a reason. I'm living proof what they teach works.
Despite all the hoopla about social marketing I have found that most people still use and read email. So if you're not collecting email addresses and emailing your visitors regularly you're leaving money on the table. Email isn't going anywhere and you need to stay in contact with your visitors. I've been using Aweber for years and have been pretty happy with it. You can start with a free account and upgrade as you see fit.
Although aweber allows you to collect, manage and send emails to your subscribers the forms they provide to collect email addresses are a bit limiting. So I found a solution that works with aweber and any list service that creates highly customizable and effective subscribe forms. They have exit intent, sidebar, short code, in content, slide in and top bar email forms and pop up forms. I use the exit intent pop up on this site and it has increased my subscribers by 300%. They also provide you with cool ways to run split tests and to track your conversions. So if you haven't been thrilled with your number of subscribers then you need Thrive Leads in your life asap!
As much as I love building websites using wordpress it can really be a pain in the ass to find a theme to look exactly the way you want. I really like the option of dragging and dropping certain things in place so my website or landing pages look exactly the way I want. Fortunately the guys at Thrive Theme have a solution called The Content Builder which is a wordpress plugin that can be used with any existing theme you have. Trust me when I say it makes creating beautiful websites, blog posts and landing pages super simple. They also make great wordpress themes.
One of the reasons I've been able to make a lot of money with my blog and affiliate marketing is that I do a lot of split testing on my site. Basically that means I may have two versions of a page and will just change one version's text or images and see which one will perform better to make me more money. This can be a very expensive process or complicated. But it's neither using the Split Page Tester wordpress plugin here. There is a free version and premium version which is the one I use. So check it out if you want to step up your game and squeeze more profits from your existing traffic.
Sometimes I have various big files such as photos, videos, audio and other content I want to share with others. Sending them via email won't work because they're too big or it would be too slow. But with dropbox I can upload these files into the cloud and share a link to them via email and others can have access to these files. You can also use Dropbox as a backup to your own computer or extra storage if your computer is running low. There are so many ways to use this service. Best of all it's FREE as well.
Sometimes a picture or video is worth a thousand words. When I need to teach someone how to do something or show my screen to someone else I use a free screen capture software such as Monosnap. It allows you to take pictures of your computer screen or record it with video. You can then edit the pictures using Monosnap as well. It's a great free alternative to other more expensive programs out there. It's something I use regularly for my business and personal life. You'll love it too.